Shudder acquires horror comedy anthology Scare Package
Shudder, AMC Networks’ horror-tinged streaming service, has announced that it has acquired all rights in its territories to horror comedy Scare Package from creators Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns (The Pale Door) and features the directorial debuts of Noah Segan (Knives Out) and Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie).
In Scare Package, Chad, the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee. Each story takes aim at different tropes, paying homage to and subverting the timeless clichés of the beloved genre with a cast that includes Segan, Vaughn, Chase Williamson (Beyond the Gates), Jocelyn DeBoer (Greener Grass), Jeremy King (Camera Obscura), wrestling legend Dustin Rhodes, Toni Trucks (SEAL Team), Hawn Tran (Watchmen) and more.
“We are delighted to introduce a new generation of horror voices in this smart, funny, gory, ode to horror that is Scare Package,” Emily Gotto, Shudder’s Director of Global Acquisitions & Co-Production, said in a statement.
Led by a diverse group of up-and-coming genre filmmakers, Scare Package features the directorial debuts of actors Segan and Vaughn. Emily Hagins (Netflix’s Coin Heist), Anthony Cousins (The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds), Chris McInroy (Bad Guy #2, Death Metal), Courtney and Hillary Andujar (Bloodline) and Koontz round out the collection of filmmakers.
The film was produced by Austin-based genre production company Paper Street Pictures and developed by Koontz and Burns, who are currently in post-production on the witchy-western The Pale Door and previously collaborated on the horror-thriller Camera Obscura for NBCUniversal. Additional producers included Alex Euting, Shawn Talley, and Ashleigh Snead (The Ranger) for Paper Street as well as Kris Phipps, with Graham Northcote as executive producer.
“People say this often, but we mean it: This truly is a movie made by horror fans, for horror fans,” Koontz said in a statement. “And we have the tears, sweat and 40+ gallons of blood to prove it. So, to be able to partner this love-letter with Shudder was a dream come true and hopefully can be a wild and hilarious distraction in our newly confined times.”
The anthology film, which delighted audiences at numerous festivals including the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, features seven gleefully ghoulish tales from a range of horror subgenres and will premiere on Shudder in the U.S., Canada and the UK on June 18.